Exploring the Multiplicity of Trance

In this video taken from one of the Patreon study group calls, Josh discusses the different states of consciousness and the many gradations of trance.

Josh delves into the exploration of consciousness and its myriad states, central to the Emerald Podcast Study Group. He challenges the Western psychological model that confines consciousness to a few states, suggesting our experiences of awareness are much more varied and nuanced. From the caffeine trance to the shopping stupor, Josh points out how different activities induce distinct states of consciousness, altering our perception and interaction with the world.

Josh extends the discussion to consciousness alteration, a fundamental human pursuit manifested through various means like diet, entertainment, and ritualistic practices found in all cultures. This drive towards altering our mental state, he argues, is not merely for pleasure or escape but is central to the human experience, connecting the tangible with the mystical.

Drawing from tantric traditions, Josh explains that each deity, mantra, or ritual practice embodies a unique trance state, offering diverse pathways to explore consciousness. Through engagement with these vibrational patterns, practitioners can access different qualitative effects, enriching their spiritual journey. This session invites us to embrace the multitude of trance states as essential to our quest for knowledge and self-discovery, urging us to recognize and honor the complexity of our consciousness and its transformative potential.